Elizabeth Smith (Scottish politician)

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Elizabeth Smith
MSP
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Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Mid Scotland and Fife
Incumbent
Assumed office
3 May 2007
Personal details
Born (1960-02-27) 27 February 1960 (age 54)
Political party Scottish Conservative Party

Elizabeth Smith (born 27 February 1960) is a Scottish Conservative Party politician, and Member of the Scottish Parliament for Mid Scotland and Fife. She is her party's education spokesman, having been a teacher at George Watson's College in Edinburgh before becoming an MSP.

She was narrowly beaten (by just 48 votes) to the Perth seat at the 2001 General Election by the SNP's Annabelle Ewing. She made The Herald Scottish Politician of the Year shortlist for 'The One to Watch' in 2007.[1]

In March 2009, Smith was caught up in the Sunday Express Dunblane controversy when she was quoted condemning a number of teenage Dunblane survivors' blogs as "in bad taste". She has since distanced herself from these comments, arguing that they were quoted out of context, a claim disputed by the editor.[2]

She acted as campaign manager for Murdo Fraser in his leadership election campaign in 2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Herald Scottish Politician of the Year 2007 The Herald, November 2007
  2. ^ Elizabeth Smith MSP wishes to sit this one out., Bloggerheads. 13 March 2009. Retrieved 6 June 2010.

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